We continue to live in a country filled with deep prejudices, to deny that would undoubtedly mean that our “masks” have covered beyond our eyes purposely. I am certain I will not be around long enough to see it end. At this time we are experiencing a wave of reaction that can only lead to a dismantling over the progress made over recent years. Reaction will only spur greater reaction. We can blame one group or the other, but reality suggests that we need to move in a clearly defined program that encompasses every segment of society.
While reading the Book of Jonah, one cannot help but notice the main problem… Jonah hated the Ninevites. God gave him a command to go to Nineveh and “cry against it, for their wickedness has come up before me.” Jonah, being the re-actionist that He was, and exuding his anger toward the Ninevites, decided that he had a better way to solve this problem, “So he went down to Joppa, paid the fare and boarded the ship for Tarshish.” Looking at a map, you have to grasp that his journey would be so far removed from Nineveh that there was little chance to end back there. I have heard of many Evangelists who wanted to preach in a “Revival”, but none exactly like Jonah, who wanted to put on his running shoes and launch in the opposite direction!
Another thing, Jonah had reached a conclusion which is explained in 3:10… and into Chapter 4. “When God saw their deeds, that they turned from their wicked way, then God relented concerning the calamity which He had declared He would bring upon them. And He did not do it. But it greatly displeased Jonah and he became angry. He prayed to the Lord and said, ‘Please Lord, was not this what I said while I was still in my own country? Therefore in order to forestall this I fled to Tarshish, for I knew that You are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, and one who relents concerning calamity. Therefore now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for death is better to me than life’.”
Certainly the element of PRIDE is prevalent. But also prejudice is most apparent. Jonah has gone so far as to criticize the Lord.
My friends please be aware of the extent of this man’s prejudice. First, he was willing to see the people of Nineveh perish, but now he is even willing to die himself.
Our Country was founded on many Biblical Principles, and unless we return to them, in spite of what our leadership maintains, there will be a major collapse. Unless there is a genuine desire to return to God and His way of doing business, we are doomed. The precipice on which we currently hang is a perilous one.
The wife of a preacher friend said: “My husband had callousness on his knees!” It is a good beginning!